Documenting Cuban transnationalism: Our House in Havana, Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories and 90 Miles
This article focuses on a group of bilingual documentaries produced in the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century that present stories of Cuban exile homeland return. These films are unique in that they turn away from the duelling narratives of revolutionary Cuba and exile nationalism to express the interstices in which a more subtle and complicated Cuban transnationalism is being expressed. Attentive to the policies and attitudes that regulate U.S.Cuban exchange and its representation, the article offers contextualized readings of Our House in Havana, Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories and 90 Miles. These documentaries challenge the exilic investment in a Cuba locked in the past, or in a dystopian/utopian anti-time, representing nuanced perspectives on CubanAmerican identity evolving in relation to contemporary Cuba, not in opposition to it.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Publication date: 2009-12-01
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